Hudson Ford breaks ground for projectMonday nearly everyone attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the significant expansion of Hudson Ford had a smile on their face and it wasn’t just because the sun was shining.
By: Margaret Ontl, Hudson Star-Observer
Monday nearly everyone attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the significant expansion of Hudson Ford had a smile on their face and it wasn’t just because the sun was shining.
The expansion marks not only a turnaround in the market but confidence that it will continue. The project includes 5,700 square feet of new construction and extensive remodeling.
A new quick lane for oil changes and other routine maintenance will be added. A new customer service drive-through lane, expanded showroom space, a new customer lounge and two completely remodeled bathrooms will round out the project.
The existing building is 15,000 square feet and it was built in 1986.
“We are going to redo the entire front of the building including a change in texture and color,” said Brian Hinz, architect on the project, from Elliot Architects. “It is all about giving the customer a better experience. It is going to be very, very customer friendly.”
On hand for the ground-breaking ceremony Monday are, front from left, are Jon Purdy, Ford Credit; Meghan McCann, Ford Motor Co.; Hudson Mayor Alan Burchill; Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen; Anne Segerstrom, Ford Credit; Brad Akers, Ford Motor Co.; Elliot Anderson and Brian Hinz, Elliott Architects; Kim Heinemann, president of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau; Mark Swelland, president of Hudson Ford-Mercury; Paul Gavic, Gavic Construction; Dave Holt, former owner of the Ford dealership; Connie Schmit, general manager of Hudson Ford; Rebekah Spinler, finance manager of Hudson Ford; Mike Nordeen and Dick Janisch, sales; Jim Koivisto, First Source; and Gary Zappa, Zappa Bros. Excavation. In the background are all of the Hudson Ford employees.